Simple Garlic Oil & Crushed Red Pepper Capellini with Grilled Shrimp


This is one of those weeks where I can barely remember my name (hence I am crazy busy). Coincidentally, this is one of those recipes that needs no introduction and no explanation. The title itself (Simple) speaks of how amazingly perfect it is. One of the simplest ways to incorporate protein in your weekly meals is seafood, in particular shrimp. Shrimp takes less than 10 minutes to cook. Did you hear me? 10 minutes? That’s it?


Do you know how to add oil to a pan? Can you toss some crushed red peppers flakes into the oil? Can you boil some water? Well then this is the recipe for you and this is the recipe that I PROMISE you will want to make over and over again all summer long.


Summer Simple Garlic Oil & Crushed Red Pepper Capellini with Grilled Shrimp
  • 1 pound dried pasta
  • ¾ cup garlic olive oil
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup pasta cooking water
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 lb of shrimp, peeled and deveined
  1. Toss the shrimp in ¼ cup of the garlic oil and ½ tsp of salt. Set aside
  2. Boil your pasta according to the package directions. Saute the onion and garlic in 2 TBSP of olive oil until tender, approximately 5 minutes. Toss in the shrimp and cook for 5-7 minutes until pink. Add in the crushed red pepper flakes, pepper and salt. Toss the pasta with the shrimp and then toss it all again with the remaining garlic oil. Sprinkle with chopped parsley or basil.
adapted from Real Simple

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  1. says

    What a lovely dish – simple with lovely flavor and not a big production to make! I like it! Have a wonderful week!

    • kbelleicious says

      Thanks Adri! Such a simple but flavorful dish. I hope you get a chance to enjoy it this summer

    • kbelleicious says

      This would have your family so happy and even better Geni it is gluten free if you use GF pasta or rice pasta.

    • kbelleicious says

      you just gave me a great thought. this dish would be great using the flavors and all with not only shrimp but a nice hearty fish too:)

  2. says

    As I am sitting here thinking about what to make for dinner, I find this! I might try to make this one with linguine, which is what I happen to have in the house. YUM and thanks for the inspiration!

    • kbelleicious says

      I am so glad to hear from you. Just giddy in fact. You were with me way back when and now you are back again and it thrills me. Do love your new adventure with the site and mag and all! So excited for you

  3. kitchen flavours says

    I love simple meals like this! Simple yet full of delicious flavours!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • kbelleicious says

      I know! I smiled too as we seem to think alike! I like it. You are keeping me on my toes:)

    • kbelleicious says

      It finally has Tricia! Wheww just when I needed some rest the most. Hope you are doing good and things are slower for you! Dont get me wrong life has been good just busy:)

    • kbelleicious says

      you must try this. the garlic and red pepper flavor on the shrimp is incredible

    • kbelleicious says

      Yes in deed. the perfect dish for any day really. Always love when you stop by! Hope you are doing well

  4. says

    I’m having one of the busiest time right now and this recipe sounds PERFECT! My kids’ swimming is later (usual dinner time) so this quick pasta dish is perfect on those days! I love it when it’s so easy to make and it tastes amazing. :) Win win situation~~~!
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    • kbelleicious says

      Right there with you Nami! I am busier now than ever. My friends have swim team lessons so late in the day and she is always saying how hard it is on dinner time and all. Hope you get a chance to try it!

  5. says

    This looks incredibly scrumptious. A cooking project is nice once in a while but for most days, quick & easy is my game. I love shrimp and try to keep some in the freezer all the time. Love being able to put something like this together with mostly pantry items.
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